How to choose your bodyboard

Choosing your Bodyboard is not an easy thing, there is so many brands and models that it can result pretty hard to make your choice.

Here at mundo-surf.com, your bodyboard pro shop, we have selected the best bodyboard brands: NMD Bodyboard, Pride Bodyboard, VS Bodyboard, Sniper Bodyboard, Hubboards, Science, QCD, Funkshen, Nomad, or Found.
But despite this, the offer is still huge and it can be difficult to choose the board which best suits to your needs. That´s why we will explain here which criteria you should consider when choosing your bodyboard, in order of importance:

1. The size

The size is the most important criteria, you should choose a board which will arrive at the height of your navel, more or less 2.5 cm.
This table should also help you to choose the right size considering your height and skills:

Sizes come in inches, 1 inch corresponds to 2,54cm.

If you ride small waves, you can choose a larger board, 1 inch above your navel, to generate more speed. If you are an experienced bodyboarder who ride punchy waves, you can choose your board 1 inch shorter than your navel, to have more control at high speed and more maneuverability.

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2. The tail

Bodyboard could be divided into two categories: bat tail or crescent tail.

You should choose a crescent tail if you ride both Prone and Drop Knee. It´s the most popular type of tail, the most versatile.

If you surf only in Prone and want more maneuverability, you can try the bat tail, invented by legendary Mike Stewart in the 90´s.

In general, a wide tail provides stability and speed, and a narrow tail provides maneuverability and control at high speed.

tail tablas de bodyboard mundo surfCrescent tail                                         Bat tail

3. The materials

The type of foam used in the core greatly affects the weight, stiffness, and nervousness of your bodyboard. The two main foam used in bodyboard construction are polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP), and in 2014 the NRG was introduced, which is a low density polypropylene.

PE is more flexible and heavier than the PP. PP is stiffer and lighter. But beware, it doesn´t mean that the PP is always better!

The mechanical properties of the foams are affected by the water temperature, cold waters makes boards stiffer, and hot water makes them more flexible. It means that a PP bodyboard in 15 degree water will get very rigid, which is an advantage on glassy waves (perfectly smooth surface of the water) and experienced riders, but it can turn into a nightmare on choppy waves, as the board will be uncomfortable and hard to control.

That´s why experienced rider will look for rigid PP bodyboard, while intermediate riders will prefer PE or NRG boards.

Nick Mesritz introduced in 2014 a new foam, called NRG, on the NMD range. That´s a low density polypropylene, very light, with a flex between PP and PE.
In Europe, where we have high water temperature changes depending on the season and the place, the NRG is a safe bet.

The stinger is a fiberglass or carbon tube placed in the middle of the board, which provide more rigidity and durability to the board.

The PP is more expensive than the PE, and the stinger also increase the price.

We have more than 100 bodyboards in stock all year, so check our store, use filters to refine your search, you will certainly find your perfect board according to your budget, and if not, please contact us!

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4. Details that can make the difference…

If after all this you still hesitate between two similar boards (same size, same tail and same materials) check the extra of the board: finger bulb, materials of the slick, colors, deck pre formed or smooth, pro model of your favorite rider, etc … and of course price!

We hope that this article was clear, but just in case, we made a video to help explain. If you like the article and/or the video, please share it and subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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